Are you living with pain throughout your whole body? If you feel chronic pain all over, then you probably understand the difficulty moving, sleeping and accomplishing your daily activities that serious body aches can cause. Total body pain can significantly affect your quality of life and productivity.
Unlike localized pain conditions, total body pain is felt throughout the body and can cause additional symptoms such as fatigue, stress and depression. Total body pain may be described as mild, moderate or severe, and can be acute, intermittent or long-term (chronic).
Often, body pain can be caused by something as simple as intense exercise or a virus such as the flu. Sometimes, however, full-body pain can be caused by more complex underlying issues.
The first step in treating your total body pain is to get an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms. Based on your diagnosis, you and your doctor or pain specialist can determine your best treatment options.
At The Pain Center, we can help diagnose your widespread chronic pain, and we offer a range of therapies to treat your pain. Our goal is to get you back to your normal activities. Contact us to meet with one of our pain specialists.Causes of Total Body Pain
What causes full body pain, and how can you find pain relief? The answer depends on the underlying condition that creates your pain. Whole body pain can be caused by a number of conditions, such as:
Intense exercise or overuse (muscle aches)
Viral infections such as the flu or other illness
Poor circulation or cardiac disorders
Lupus or other autoimmune conditions
Stress and anxiety
Inactivity (can contribute to pain or be caused by it)
Certain vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin D
Some prescription medication side-effects (e.g. statins )
Physical or emotional traumas
Opioid induced hyperalgesia
Other underlying conditions
Total Body Pain Symptoms and Diagnosis
As with all pain issues, be sure to discuss all your symptoms with your doctor. Symptoms associated with some forms of whole body pain can include:
Joint aches and pains, or aches all over the body
Numbness and tingling in the upper or lower limbs
Muscle pain and widespread muscle aches
Stiffness and weakness
Aching with or without fever
Tenderness and swelling
Reduced range of motion
Change in how you walk or move due to pain (limping)
Muscle cramps or burning
Difficulty sleeping or falling asleep (insomnia)
Fatigue and inactivity
Anxiety and depression
Impaired cognitive function, concentration and memory problems
Be sure to get medical help right away if you have trouble breathing, dizziness, muscle weakness or a stiff neck along with high fever.
Whole body pain can be described as a sharp, dull, aching, stabbing and/or throbbing pain. Some areas may feel more tender than others.
To diagnose the cause of your pain, your doctor will review your past medical history, family history, social history, medications and perform a physical examination. Additionally, imaging can help diagnose the source of your pain include X-rays, MRI scan, CT scan and/or blood tests. It is important that your condition is properly diagnosed so that you can receive the most effective and appropriate treatment.
How to Treat Total Body Pain
Your treatment options depend on the underlying cause and severity of your pain.
How can you ease the discomfort of total body pain? Treatment may start with conservative therapies, such as over-the-counter aspirin, acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. ibuprofen). These nonprescription medications can be effective for certain types of pain when taken according to instructions. You may also consider home care such as using heating or cold packs, relaxation exercises, warm baths or showers, and rest.
The pain management specialists at The Pain Center may also recommend the following interventional pain therapies to reduce total body pain:
Prescription medications / medication management
Topical agents (creams)
Injections such as steroid medications
Physical therapy (can include exercises, losing weight if necessary, heat and cold therapy, electrical nerve stimulation)
Alternative treatments, including supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, massage, meditation and yoga
Relaxation therapy and breathing techniques
Cognitive behavioral therapy (psychotherapy)
Some of the interventional medical therapies we provide at The Pain Center include:
Contact The Pain Center today to learn more about how we can help you effectively manage your total body pain.
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When Further Total Body Pain Treatment is Required
Based on the underlying condition, further treatments may be required. If there is something that can be addressed by another type of specialist, we will refer you to the appropriate specialty doctor.